Monday, February 28, 2011

Looking to Solve Global Warming? Why, Launch a Nuclear War!

A couple weeks back I read something in a similarly morbid vein. Apparently researchers have declared that Genghis Khan was the most "green" conquerer because his actions led to less carbon dioxide emissions. The magic formula? Killing 40 million people and allowing forests to grow over formerly populated areas. Simple!

How people usually solve their problems

Now we get this from National Geographic, which should please both believers and skeptics in man-made global warming. The solution-- a "small-scale" nuclear war should solve our problems, and then some!

Earth is currently in a long-term warming trend. After a regional nuclear war, though, average global temperatures would drop by 2.25 degrees F (1.25 degrees C) for two to three years afterward, the models suggest.

At the extreme, the tropics, Europe, Asia, and Alaska would cool by 5.4 to 7.2 degrees F (3 to 4 degrees C), according to the models. Parts of the Arctic and Antarctic would actually warm a bit, due to shifted wind and ocean-circulation patterns, the researchers said.

Something kind of like this happened in the 14th century and lasted into the 1800s. It's called the Little Ice Age-- google it. After about 1310, probably from a volcanic eruption, the planet's temperatures dropped. Within the next ten years was widespread famine and cannibalism. If that wasn't enough, it also helped spread diseases like diptheria and the flu. And by about 1347-1348 came the kicker: the Black Death, which killed more than a quarter of the population of Europe, the Middle East, and China.

But that couldn't be worse than the global temperatures possibly going up a tenth of a degree, could it?

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